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Portland Film Festival set to screen 185 films, many with Rose City ties

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The biggest week of the year for Portland’s movie scene kicks off Monday with the start of the Portland Film Festival, and we hear it has some serious star power.

The festival is going to be fun, starting with a champagne toast Monday night, and 185 movies will be shown, many of them by Portland filmmakers and 59 percent being created by women.

Portland Film Festival Executive Director Josh Leake told MORE he loves bringing this week of movie fun to his hometown.

“A couple years ago, we were recognized as one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world. And I gotta tell you, I took that magazine over to show my dad, and he said, ‘You know, people love Portland, Josh, and of course it's gonna be cool,’" he said. “And I'm just excited to show the nice parts of Portland to everyone who visits from across the world.”

Leake said that movies from Portland filmmakers would be screened daily, along with other classics with a local twist like “The Goonies.” There will also be some famous faces popping up during the festival, but Leake is staying tight-lipped about just who is stopping by for now.

The film festival is a non-profit, and it is donating a portion of ticket sales to the Boys and Girls Club and the Wild Salmon Center.

For a full list of showings and events, stop by PortlandFilmFestival.com.

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